TV Pirates – Crossbones and Black Sails

If you need a pirate fix then you’d do well to consider these two TV series; they’re vibrant, historically accurate (in some regards) and have great casts and crews.


If you want a touch of reality and history with your fantasy then you’re definitely going to want to  watch Crossbones. Set in 1715 Crossbones is based around the fictionalized life of Edward “Blackbeard” Teach as he rules a group of outlaws, miscreant sailors, prostitutes and fortune seekers on the Bahamian paradise of New Providence.

This unique and vibrant society is seen to be a threat to the health of international trade and, as a result a skilled assassin called Tom Lowe is sent to dispatch of our hero. In due course, however, he is charmed by Blackbeard’s charisma, passion and intelligence and his task is complicated. Don’t worry, however; there are still plenty of obstacles to make the story interesting.

Crossbones, created by Neil Cross and James V. Hart as an adaptation of the Colin Woodard book The Republic of Pirates, has been a hit in America since its initial release in 2014.

Black Sails

Black Sails may be pure fiction, but it is also pure, pirate-y goodness. It was created by Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg as an unofficial prequel to the very famous and loved Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island. The production crew and cast of Black Sails is truly stellar; Michael Bay does a fine job as the executive producer and Hannah New, along with her colleagues Luke Arnold and Toby Stephens, does a phenomenal job of bringing the story to life.